A Tale of Two Frogs (And Some of the Biologists Who Love Them)

February 14, 2019

In recent years, amphibian researcher Ignacio De la Riva has been nervous to answer his phone. He’s been afraid to get the worst kind of news for a man who has had a life-long love for and undying commitment to some of Bolivia’s most unique frogs: that Romeo, the last-known Sehuencas Water Frog, had died—and Read more

Cosmopolitan Small Cats Make a Splash in Sri Lanka

November 2, 2018

If it swims and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. But if it swims, quacks like a duck, fishes, and looks like a miniature Leopard—it’s a Fishing Cat. Anya Ratnayaka was a young wildlife conservationist living in Colombo in her native Sri Lanka when a rogue Fishing Cat changed her life. Like many young Read more

Un día en la vida de los Guardianes de Nuestro Planeta

November 1, 2018

Sentando en el balcón de la estación de guardabosques del Parque Nacional Tapantí – Macizo de la Muerte en Costa Rica, Mauricio Hernández ojea fotos de  algunos de sus patrullajes mas desafiantes. “Él era conocido como diablo,” dice Mauricio, mientras describe como uno de los cazadores furtivos más famosos de la zona casi se escapa. Read more

A Day in the Life of Our Planet’s Protectors

October 31, 2018

On the balcony of the Tapantí – Macizo de la Muerte ranger station in Costa Rica, park ranger Mauricio Hernandez goes through pictures of his most challenging patrols. “He was known as the devil,” he says, as he stops to describe how a well-known poacher almost got away. “When we caught him, he said he Read more

Red List of Reasons for Hope

October 15, 2018

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is a living document. It aims to track the status of hundreds of thousands of species of plants, animals, and other organisms representing all the ecosystems on the planet. It is, in many instances, the last and most definitive word on how a species or population is doing Read more

Taking the Temperature of Wildlife Health Across the Planet

October 15, 2018

If you want to check the likelihood that it’s going to storm this afternoon, you check the barometer. If you want to check the health of a person, you consult a thermometer. And if you want to know the health of a species or population of animals, you check the IUCN Red List of Threatened Read more